Several third party products are reviewed as alternatives to Apple’s new innovative ear buds which will soon become more widely available.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are two of the world’s most popular music players, packed with exclusive technology. One technology that’s missing, however, is the good old 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s driving a lot of iPhone owners over to wireless headphones, but not every pair will make the most of your phone’s audio capabilities. These headphones are our best picks specifically for the iPhone 7.

Why Go Wireless? — Getting rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 means that in almost all cases, if you’re not using the earbuds that came with your phone, you’ll have to use an annoying $9 dongle to connect your headphones to your iPhone. Wired headphones that use Apple’s Lightning port exist, but they aren’t very common. We’ve reviewed one pair so far, the ridiculously expensive (but also awesome) Audeze iSine 20.

The iPhone 7 uses a special W1 Bluetooth pairing chip to make wireless connections easier, and it uses the AAC music encoding scheme to transmit high-quality audio. No Android phones have the W1, and the AAC situation is an iPhone thing.  The W1 is Apple’s proprietary chip for easier Bluetooth pairing. Once they’re set up, W1 headphones connect and disconnect from iPhones automatically, without fiddling with settings and without fail. That gets rid of one of the major complaints about Bluetooth headphones, which is that you may periodically, mysteriously have to dig into your phone’s settings and manually connect.

We’ve reviewed all three of the first set of W1 headphones: Apple’s Airpods, the Beats Solo3, and the Beats Powerbeats3. They’re not bad, but you’re definitely paying a premium for the easier pairing and improved range the W1 provides. Looking at the chart above, between the Beats Solo3 and the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless, you’re basically trading that W1 connection on the Beats for better all-around audio quality and a more comfortable fit on the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless.